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Classical fun at Festival Mozaic

Scott Yoo leads the Festival Orchestra in a performance at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo at last year's Festival Mozaic.
Scott Yoo leads the Festival Orchestra in a performance at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo at last year's Festival Mozaic.

Festival Mozaic, which starts Thursday, features nearly a dozen days of concerts, talks and red-carpet soirees across San Luis Obispo County. Here are six highlights.

Serenades

8 p.m. Thursday

Mission San Miguel Arcangel, 775 Mission St., San Miguel

$30 to $65

Festival Mozaic kicks off with an exploration of the evolution of chamber music featuring works by Johannes Brahms and Franz Josef Haydn. 

Classical Musicians Doing Un-Classical Things 

7:30 p.m. Friday

Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Cuesta College 

$29 to $55

This Fringe concert finds bassist Susan Cahill and others blurring the lines between classical music and jazz, bluegrass, pop and rock ‘n’ roll with works by the Beatles, Frank Zappa and more.

Baroque in the Vines 

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Chapel Hill, McMillan Canyon Road, Shandon

$45 to $65

Baroque in the Mission 

8 p.m. July 21

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, 751 Palm St., San Luis Obispo

$30 to $65

Festival Mozaic audiences can hear countertenor Nick Zammit sing one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cantata Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust,” in two stunning settings. Also on the program is Bach’s “Concerto for Oboe D’Amore in A major,” with Robert Walters.

Bartók and Brahms

7:30 p.m. July 24

Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Cuesta College

$29 to $55

Pianists John Novacek and Susan Grace join percussionists Shannon Wood and Scott Higgins to play Bela Bartok’s “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.” Also featured are two string quartets by Brahms.

Beethoven and Shumann

8 p.m. July 26

Cohan Center, Cal Poly

$30 to $85

This closing night concert finds the Festival Orchestra performing two monumental works: Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major,” featuring pianist Orion Weiss, and Robert Schumann’s “Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major.” 

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